Board of Directors
Cathleen Edwards is the Education Manager for Family Councils Ontario, a non-profit organization that leads and supports families in improving the quality of life in long-term care. In her role, she develops, designs and disseminates educational materials. Managing FCO research projects, initiatives and surveys also falls under her current portfolio. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Human Kinetics from the University of Windsor (2006) and a Master of Arts in Health and Physical Education from Brock University(2009). Prior to her role at FCO, she served as the Project Coordinator at Abilities Centre for a Pan-Canadian program called EmploymentWorks a pre-employment program for Youth with Autism. Her passion to support individuals with physical and developmental disabilities continued to grow through her role as the Program Coordinator for Meticulon Assessment Services at Abilities Centre. More recently, she was a Research Associate affiliated with AGE-WELL based out of the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and a Professor in the Activation Coordination in Gerontology Program at Durham College.
Inji Mekhemer is an accomplished Chartered Accountant and insightful finance professional with extensive international experience in compiling and analyzing business intelligence to help companies across various industries plan and make strategic decisions. She acquired a cross-functional accounting experience in Sales, Marketing, Operations, and Financial Services allowing her to support business owners and investors in her current position at RBC Royal Bank.
Her solid experience in corporate strategic planning leads the analytical efforts to support complex business transformation. The rich portfolio of success in both Corporate Finance and Business Development is complemented by an MBA with a specialty in Strategic Planning from Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University – Edinburgh, Scotland.
Currently semi-retired, Ann Dean brings to TWIG more than 30 years of post-secondary experience in the Ontario college sector. In her career, she progressed through a variety of academic and administrative positions relating to research, curriculum and program development culminating in the role of Dean of Program Planning, Development and Renewal for Humber College ITAL. Over the years, Ann worked on many institutional and provincial initiatives, projects and committees with government policy makers as well as stakeholders and representatives from a wide range of sectors. Her work was greatly informed by the dynamic intersection between post-secondary education and the labour market.
Salman Khan graduated with a degree in Computer Science from York University in 2009 and began his career as an Analyst at IBM where he supported Fortune 500 companies using IBM’s e-commerce platform. After completing his MBA in Technology and Innovation from the Ted Rogers School of Management, Salman joined the investment attraction team at Toronto Global in 2017 as a Senior Advisor. Toronto Global is a not-for-profit investment attraction agency that supports the expansion of foreign-owned businesses to the Toronto Region. Salman works in collaboration with the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service, Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, municipal partners and local stakeholders to offer complimentary and customized services to growing international companies. Salman is passionate about the impact of emerging technologies and how they can make Toronto Region a great destination for international businesses.
Jo-Anne is a communications and marketing professional with more than two decades of experience delivering high-quality communications services. She began her career in the publishing industry working on consumer and trade publications, later moving to the financial services sector and finally the not-for-profit sector. In 2010, she launched her own consultancy where she has developed and executed communications and marketing initiatives for a range of corporate clients, including Cadillac Fairview, PricewaterhouseCoopers and MPS Interactive (formerly TATA), and not-for-profit organizations such as VHA Home HealthCare, various community health centres, and the Travel Health Insurance Association. She is an active volunteer and has sat on the boards of various charities and non-for-profits.
David has had a long and diverse career in the financial services sector in Toronto and has held roles in Finance, Corporate Communications, Operational Risk Management, Technology Risk Management and Information Security as well as serving as a special assistant to two Global CIOs at a major Canadian bank. Currently David is at Deloitte Canada where he leads a global team responsible for IT Financial Management for the Canadian member firm.
David lives in downtown Toronto and you will often find him in a gallery, at a French language event or being active along the lakeshore.